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DFTBA

interjection; other word formation type Initialism
DFTBA is an initialism of the phrase “Don’t Forget To Be Awesome” created by Hank and John Green, brothers who spent a year posting video blogs to each other every day on YouTube instead of communicating with each other in any other way. They used this initially as a sign off, a way to end their videos, and it grew to be something said by their fans, called Nerdfighters, to recognize and remind each other to stay nerdy.
 
“Any other nerdfighters here? DFTBA, guys!”
Etymology : The phrase seems to be first used by the Green brothers on October 2nd, 2007, but existed before then and is of unknown origin. It was a general saying (though perhaps not often used) beforehand but they adopted it and it spread through their fandom to become specifically related to their videos.
Source : A friend used it in conversation, September, 2013
Last modified: 24 November 2013


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